Das Kapital (of economic texts)
July 20, 2005 6:36 PM   Subscribe

"It must be understood that the political economy of the medievals was not a science...but an art. 'It is branch of the virtue of prudence; it is half-way between morality...and politics...'" from An Essay on Mediaeval Economic Teaching, by George O'Brien (1920).

[This is good.]
posted by voltairemodern at 7:15 PM on July 20, 2005

Murray Rothbard and Henry George are missing.
posted by Kwantsar at 8:33 PM on July 20, 2005

Milton Friedman.

F. A. Hayek.

I'm more of a Keynsian, myself, but if these two are omitted then the net wasn't cast all that wide.
posted by MjrMjr at 9:02 PM on July 20, 2005

Or maybe the net couldn't venture into post-1923 waters (copyright).
posted by Gyan at 11:19 PM on July 20, 2005

Galbraith? (though I'm not a fan)
posted by ZenMasterThis at 4:09 AM on July 21, 2005

What a great post! I'll grok these Austrian schoolers yet.
posted by sonofsamiam at 6:06 AM on July 21, 2005

Economics really started to get interesting around the turn of the century (erm, turning from the nineteenth to the twentieth), so it is unfortunate that copyright restrictions would prevent a fuller coverage of developments since then (Robbins, Hicks, Samuelson, Debreu, etc.), but still - they have works by Jevons, Edgeworth, Marshall, Pigou, Veblen, Say, Xenophon... lots of good stuff here. Thanks for the link! Also worth checking out is the HET site at the New School (put together mostly by a former classmate of mine, Gonçalo Fonseca). It's not really maintained anymore, as far as I can tell, but there's some great biographical information and descriptions of various schools of thought.
posted by dilettanti at 6:17 AM on July 21, 2005

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